Lightning Safety Week

By: Mallory Brooke Email
By: Mallory Brooke Email

The National Weather Service is calling June 22 through 28 Lightning Safety Week for the United States. An average of 62 people die each year from lightning strikes and hundreds more are injured.

Most deaths occur from being outside when you think it's safe. Chris Strong, the NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Sterling, Virginia, says most lightning deaths occur before and after a storm passes.

People generally think that they're only in harms way when a storm is directly overhead. In reality, a bolt of lightning can travel up to 60 miles from it's origin.

Playing a round of golf is a common activity during the summer and such games are often impacted by severe storms. Golf resorts will alert players of lightning either through a lightning detection system or a personal notification.

However, it is up to the individual to leave the course. Players are advised to seek shelter in a designated building or at the pro-shop. If there is a situation where shelter is unavailable, the National Weather Service says people should keep their bodies as close to the ground as possible.


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